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Holy crap! Noodles on the West Side!

Noodle Club is back! While we are still not accepting applications for membership, there is one way into the club. Be born into it.

This is Delphi, known as Noodle Baby.

Because Noodle Baby doesn’t like to be kept up past her bedtime, we stayed close to her home. We checked out the relatively new 101 Noodle Express in the Culver City Westfield Shopping Center. It’s a fast food version of an actual noodle joint in San Gabriel Valley.

The Noodle Club deciding what to eat. Unfortunately they were out of  all of their sides and seafood. This is probably only a problem in a small setup like in a mall. Still it was disappointing not to be able to try the full range of menu items.

Beef Noodle Soup.

Dan Dan Mein.

Beef Rolls.

In an area where good noodles are hard to come by, 101 Noodle Express is a welcome sight. The noodles were a bit chewy, and I have a feeling that has something to do with the fact that everything is served in disposable plastic bowls that can’t take the heat. Other than noodles being a bit chewy, I was pleasantly surprised with the food, still maintaining a flavor pretty consistent to what I’m used to in other joints that serve these same dishes. It is an odd experience though to eat Taiwanese noodles without hearing anyone speak Chinese or worrying about whether the chef was picking his nose.

If you’re trapped on the West Side, 101 Noodle Express is definitely a place I would check it. It’s not going to blow your mind, but it will definitely provide a fix for your Taiwanese noodle cravings. Plus, what other noodle joint has five shoe stores in it?

Bread is a noodle, right?

Noodle Club took a hiatus while Michelle and I went through our premarital counseling sessions. The good news is that we’re done. Now we will never fight again, and we can resume to slurping up some noodles. The obvious choice for noodles is a place called Breadbar, right? Well for a limited time, Breadbar is featuring Yatai Ramen Twist. Who knew good noodles could be had in West Hollywood?

Eight is actually quite a few choices when it comes to ramen. Each one of these is very different from the next.

We started out with some gyoza for appetizers. Pigs Feet Gyoza.

Kale Gyoza as well.

They really couldn’t call it Breadbar without offering us some bread.

Spicy Shoyu Ramen.

Oxtail Ramen.

Foie Gras Ramen.

Afterward we couldn’t help ourselves so we got some dessert. Flourless Chocolate Cake, dusted with powdered sugar.

The folks at Breadbar were kind enough to throw in some other pastries to snack on as well. So much for the diet. Bring on the carbs!

Sacrilicious. *DROOL*

Before I could pull out my camera the Almond Croissant was pretty much all gone. That one was delicious. We were discussing how good the pastries would taste fresh and warm, but I noted that “free” tastes pretty good too. So stop in to Breadbar on 3rd for some delicious carbs, and definitely catch Yatai Ramen Twist while it’s still there. Mondays – Saturdays from 5-10pm through July 24th.